Rare 'Blob-eye' Type UK 'Widetrack' variant with 10mm wider rear
track and rear wheel arch spats; adj. centre diff (DCCD) ; re-mapped to
320Bhp; lots of fun and an exciting investment
Supplied new by Evans Halshaw Subaru of Cheltenham in December 2006 this striking World Rally Blue Impreza WRX STi Type UK hails from the first face-lift era of 2nd Generation of (GD) Impreza and is known affectionately as the “Blob eye” (think headlights) and looks great on its gold-coloured 10-spoke 17” alloy wheels behind which sit some powerful Brembo brake callipers also finished in Gold.
Under the scooped Scooby bonnet we find the typical 2.0-litre flat-four EJ20 Boxer engine which reputedly pumped out c.261Bhp driving all four wheels via six-speed manual transmission. This example, a “Widetrack” variant features a 10mm wider rear track, DCCD (Driver controlled centre diff – (adjustable centre diff)) and water jet to cool the intercooler.
Inside, we find the comfortable and grippy STi embossed seats finished in black with blue Alcantara centres, electric windows, air con, Sony touch screen in-car entertainment centre, twin cup holders and electric mirrors.
The car shows 98,473 miles and very much looks the part, and was driven to us by the vendor from South Wales. We did note some slight rippling to the OSR passenger door, visible in some light and evidence of previous paint repairs, not uncommon for an 18 year old car.
The history file includes the V5C revealing six former keepers to the current of nine years, an old V5C, the owner’s manuals and service book recording eight stamps, the last in 2013 at 38,412 miles and a selection of invoices.
Bills on file include a timing belt service in August 2018 at 81,838 miles costing £1081, fitment of a three-port solenoid and mapping with replacement aux belts in May 2021 at 90,238 miles by David Coe Enterprises of Swansea, another timing belt service with ECU remap at 320Bhp in July 2015 at the same garage costing £1,514 and 11 old MOTs.
The current MOT is valid until October 2023 with four minor advisories recorded.
A fast and capable machine with appealing investment value at an enticing estimate.
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